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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said state lawyers has found disadvantageous to the government the terms set before an American court in the settlement case of the victims of abuses during the martial law era.

The OSG cited that last March its lawyers as well as those from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) discussed the terms set by the New York District Court presided by Judge Katherine Failla.

“The three (3) agencies unanimously agreed that, in the best interest of the Republic, it will no longer enter into the settlement agreement,” the OSG said in a statement on Wednesday (April 3).

The OSG explained “the terms were found to be grossly disadvantageous to the government and not in accord with existing Philippine laws and jurisprudence.”

The OSG said the review was made after the Office of the Executive Secretary approved last March the request of the PCGG for authority to enter into a settlement agreement with the interpleader of the case.

Meanwhile, the OSG said “PCGG was tasked to inform the New York District Court of the matter through a letter dated March 16, 2019.”

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